The proximity to the University of Arizona and the football stadium is fabulous. We walked to the graduation ceremony in no time.
We stayed two nights, Thursday & Friday. Admittedly it was graduation weekend but the noise was horrible. It is a tossup what was worse - the noise or the beds! For me it was like sleeping on a rock with a hard plastic sheet under me. Friday morning I found the hard plastic sheet, it was the mattress protector. The hotel is remodeled but this mattress protector is so hard and stiff. Who in the heck can sleep on this mattress protector comfortably? I totally remade the bed without the mattress protector for the second night as I had to get some sleep. It made a difference (I got rid of the hard plastic sheet) but the mattress was still uncomfortable.
Overall the bathroom and King Room looked nice and was definitely visually pleasing. That is until you actually had two people trying to use the bathroom area and found that the area was not functional. The sink area with hairdryer, curtained closet, closest storage cubes, coffee maker, fridge were in one area and it was not practical. When finished with the hairdryer your choices are; put the hairdryer on the valuable counter space; try to wind the cord up like it was and put it back on the hanging hook; or end up dumping it on the floor! So by now you are aware that we found this area was not user friendly.
Not sure if the magazine rack was intended for a towel rack but that is what we used it for putting up the hand towels. Then you dripped water from the sink across to the towel. The hand towels are actually left in the shower/toilet area and the face washers are left by the hand sink - why? Are you meant to use the hand towels in the shower? No it is for appearances! The toilet and shower are in a separate enclosed area.
As for using Bliss cosemetics I was not impressed at all. For those of you who have fine hair & need a good conditioner please be aware that the shampoo/conditioner is an all-in-one. Thankfully I had some leave in conditioner on hand otherwise I would not have been able to even comb thru my hair.
Our room faced the street and this caused a lot of other noise beside that created by inconsiderate humans. The pedestrian crossing/traffic lights at the corner of Speedway & Campbell went straight to the room as did any vehicle noise. Seriously did they forget any sound proofing? The two windows in the room were nice, let in lots of natural light and the blinds shut out the light at night. Turning all room lights off with one switch at the door is a secure & welcomed green addition to any hotel room.
The bedside clock had the wrong time but then we found it wasn’t even plugged in. Is this left for the hotel guest to set and plug in?
Friday night sometime after Midnight we called to complain about the noise. The front desk said they would send security up to the third floor vicinity of our room. The noise didn't die down for a long time. We do not think security ever turned up!
We did not eat at the hotel. When making reservations I could had added breakfast for $50 per night but that was totally unreasonable for me. It would have been nice to have a drink at the bar but didn’t manage it. Breakfast the first morning was at Bruegger's bagels and the second morning Oatmeal at McDonalds. Both of these places are in walking distance and we didn’t even pay half a quarter of what the hotel wanted to charge.
The hotel staff were great and the reservations call center good as well but they couldn’t make up for the uncomfortable bed, noise & the inconvenient sink area. This hotel was an old Sheraton and they tore the guts out of it and totally redid it. However they seemed to forget about putting in any sound proofing.
Underground parking beside location was another of the hotels advantages. It was not over 100 degrees yet but for my husband this was a bonus. The ground floor bathrooms were very contemporary.
If location & underground parking make a difference, you use ear plugs when you sleep and there is only one of you to use the bathroom area - then this is the hotel for you!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Opening April 2013, Aloft Tucson University is located right next to the University of Arizona campus and the University of Arizona Medical Center. If you're looking for things to do in Tucson the new Aloft Tucson University hotel is located right next to great shopping, dining and entertainment.Closed for renovation until 2013. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Four Points Tucson University Plaza Hotel Tucson
- 4 Points Tucson University Plaza
- Sheraton Tucson University Plaza
- Tucson Four Points
- Aloft Tucson University Arizona